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Old 10-26-2013, 03:05 PM   #15
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Thanks so much for the input! I live in the Seattle Area.

Are you serious about paying 70 percent of MSRP? That is amazing, is that true?

What is the used market li8ke now? Is the economy soft and good RVs available or have things tightened up?

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Bill, Motor Home Specialists RV of Alvarado, TX (a little south of Dallas on IH35W) takes the MRSP and deducts 25% as their first price. There are additional discounts "sometimes" depending on the time of year (spring good for them, winter good for you as sales are slow), how many units they have and how long in inventory, model year, etc. They also throw in a Visa Card worth $1 or 2,000, "starter kits" and other goodies. I read their ads and did call on a price once....it was 25% off plus some goodies....but on a popular model and that was as far as they would go....

I have not interest of any type in MHSRV.

My Humble Opinion: I live in south Texas, 30 miles north of San Antonio. If I bought a new motorhome and the slide(s) did not work or some other major problem and was told to drive to northern Indiana or Alabama to get it repaired, I would be very upset, to say the least....plus the "aggravation factor" I try to think of with any major purchase I make.
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Old 10-26-2013, 05:22 PM   #16
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:03 AM   #17
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Bill, Motor Home Specialists RV of Alvarado, TX

My Humble Opinion: I live in south Texas, 30 miles north of San Antonio. If I bought a new motorhome and the slide(s) did not work or some other major problem and was told to drive to northern Indiana or Alabama to get it repaired, I would be very upset, to say the least....plus the "aggravation factor" I try to think of with any major purchase I make.
You bet it is an aggravation. But, which aggravation is worse. Paying big bucks with poor results and the continued aggravation of the problem following you down the road or getting it fixed the first time and, over all, losing less time in the unit and less money over the long run?

"Certification" means that you can take a test and meet certain requirements. There is no guarantee that the certified one can troubleshoot correctly. I had a certified shop in WA "fix" a leak in my slide roof. They sealed the main roof and ignored the problem slide roof! Drove to Winnebago in Forest City. They disassembled the slide roof and put new insulation and headliner material in it after cleaning the mold out. They addressed the problem and fixed it correctly. Just about every problem I have had has not been addressed correctly by the local RV service centers. I end up going to the factory after much frustration over many miles and aborted camping nights or volunteer projects. If you find a good, reliable and consistent RV dealer hand onto them like gold. They are few and far between.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:29 AM   #18
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This RV sales company, one of the largest in the U.S. starts pricing with 25% off MRSP. See their website.. Texas RV Dealer, Used RVs for sale, motorhome sales, new RVs

I know they are in Texas but it will give you an idea of what ANY dealer should be charging...and they will come off a few more percent depending on your negociations....offer 30% and see how high your dealer jumps....leave your phone number and walk away....you may get a call soon...ha ha. A 2013, 30% off easy...it is a year old and the dealer got his rebate from the manufacture. Shopping is fun....

Be aware that many dealers print their own window stickers. They can and do inflate the price over the MSRP. Then it looks like you're getting a better deal when they offer a larger discount.

It happened to us when we were looking for our first motorhome. One of the dealers inflated the price by $1000.00 over the MSRP. When they calculated the final cost it was within pennies of all the other dealers, but looked like a larger discount.

If you call, write, or e mail Winnebago they will send you an MSRP price list for any and all models. It will also include the correct retail cost of all the options.
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Old 11-03-2013, 02:45 PM   #19
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I called Winnebago and they emailed me a complete list of the MSRP for the RV and all options. I had it in my hands within one hour! THey were so friendly and helpful!
I am now contacting some dealers, learning what to expect. THis is a learning process for sure.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:50 AM   #20
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Bill, we have been to the factory a couple of times. The folk there are great. The quality of work at the repair center is much better and more reasonably priced than from most of the dealers. And, how often have any of us gone to a dealer and had a tech talk down to us in a arrogant attitude just to totally fail at fixing the problem? My guess is more often than not. The factory is not that way.

A new coach WILL have quality control issues. Count on it. Some worse than others. With that aside, consider closely the features that are standard as well as the options. If you plan to enjoy the patio and use it often do you really want the awning attached to the main body? A slide mounted awning provides a larger coverage for the patio. And your TV? What is the best viewing angle for watching? Just a few thoughts.

I hope you find what you want and will enjoy for many years.

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Old 11-04-2013, 11:19 AM   #21
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I called Winnebago and they emailed me a complete list of the MSRP for the RV and all options. I had it in my hands within one hour! THey were so friendly and helpful! I am now contacting some dealers, learning what to expect. THis is a learning process for sure. Bill
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:46 PM   #22
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We made our deal over the internet & phone. Knew exactly what we wanted after many, many shows. Gave our AMEX# and a $2.5K fully refundable deposit. Drove from Las Vegas to Tampa. Coach was even better than expected.
Dealer had both 2012 & 2013's on lot. DW wanted propane stove (who am I to argue?) the 2013 was all electric, so it was a 2012 Tour which was the reason we drove that far that we drove off the lot.

It's only my opinion...The 2012 Tour is light years ahead of coaches costing much more. Winnebago does not slather on coat after coat of "high gloss" for the "Wow" factor. I admit, while searching, the "Wow" impressed me. Due diligence said otherwise. There are still 2012's on the lots, if you like brown/tan paint.

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Old 11-05-2013, 11:25 AM   #23
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:welcome: Glad you have joined us.

First, most of us with financial restraints, don't recommend buying new.
Sometimes it pays to be lucky. We've been passively keeping our eyes open for a year or two and we found an '01 Journey 32T on the side of the road that an old timer was parting with. 62K miles on it, and the inside was immaculate. If not for some sun fading on the vinyl graphics it would look new. He even had brand new tires put on before he hung the "for sale" sign in it. Picked it up about 33% below bluebook, and for 25% of the cost of a new one.

Moral of my 2 cents, it pays to be patient. It's a big purchase, and those salesmen have a way of getting you in the carpe diem frame of mind.

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Old 11-07-2013, 08:22 PM   #24
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My wife and I have been doing some traveling/camping the past 8 years using a van conversion and we are now thinking of moving up to a motorhome.

When we go to the RV shows we are beset upon by skilled salesmen/women who all tout their product as the "finest made" and the competition is sorely lacking in comparison! We then are presented with MSRP stickers that are astronomical! Being newbies to the motorhome world, we tell them we are not even close to making a purchase decision yet and that, of course, disappoints them.

Searching around the internet, we find that some RV brands are sold by large, high volume dealerships that offer large discounts. We have not seen this from the dealers selling Winnebago/Itasca. How does someone get a fair price on a Winnebago motorhome if there is not much apparent competition? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. My email account for those wishing to contact me privately is:
CruizerBill at yahoo.com (change that to normal email protocol, I am trying to get around the robots!).

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Bill,
My wife and I just traded our motor home on a new Winnebago Journey 40u, we purchased this at an RV show, I do not recommend buying the coach that is at the RV show on display, to much traffic threw it and broken items from inconsiderate people.
We delivered it to the dealer in NY for 2 days, he has repaired all but one small item, we really love it.
as far as purchase price--we acquired this coach for 35% off sticker, it only took 4 phone calls.
We just told the salesman what we were about to purchase and the price but liked the Journey better but couldn't afford it, within 4 calls he was 5,000 less than what we were going to buy and gave us more than we were going to get for our trade.
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:14 AM   #25
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Bill, you can go to a manufactures web site and "build" your motorhome. This gives you the retail price. Most dealers will give you 25% off this price to start with. With no trade (they will give wholesale on a trade or less) you are in the drivers seat. Decide what you want and shop around. If you can get 30% off you are doing fine....Motor Home Specialists in Alvarado, TX starts at 25% off and goes from there. When a sales person says their product is better than any other....they are lying to you....they just don't know, just saying anything to get your money. Make a resonable offer, if they don't take it, walk away after giving them your phone number.....you will receive a call in a day or two..ha ha

Shopping if fun, enjoy it and be firm. Some are better than other's but most all m/h have problems of some sort. A good dealer is important too....good luck.

I have been shopping for a DP for 18 months, reading the posts on this and other sites after selecting the floorplan we like. The one manufacture we liked has so many slide problems, we are passing on the one we really like. And away we go.....
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John,

We bought our 40U in May. Yes, used has its own issues that are also correctable. We also love our floorplan and features. Only wish we had the electric locks on the basement doors. We have the vinyl tiles and like them over the ceramic. Warmer to walk on and more forgiving when you drop something. We bought a refurbished Dyson DC44 and it works great in this environment. I mounted it next to the sink in the shower room.

Many manufactures have similar floor plans now but Winnebago was the first as far as I know. In the longer coach it would be the QD or E. Our 40' is just right for what we do. Fun to drive and fantastic to live in.

Happy trails are so much easier when the equipment is right.

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Old 11-13-2013, 04:18 AM   #27
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Someone told me that Winnebago requires their dealers to only show MSRP for new models. This is why you don't see discounted prices on the Internet for Winnebago coaches but you do for other manufacturers.
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Someone told me that Winnebago requires their dealers to only show MSRP for new models. This is why you don't see discounted prices on the Internet for Winnebago coaches but you do for other manufacturers.
True but Camping World sales locations seem to be the exception - I have seen this in printed ads in the past
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